This morning, whilst speaking on the sovereignty of God, Mr Tozer gave an interesting illustration for his understanding of 'the sovereignty of God and man's free will'.
"Consider an ocean liner that leaves New York and is bound for Liverpool. On board the liner are scores of passengers. These are not in chains, neither are their activities determined for them by decree. They are completely free to move around as they will. They eat, sleep, play, read & talk together as they please; but all the while the great liner is carrying them steadily onwards to a predetermined port. Both freedom and sovereignty are present here and they do not contradict eachother". So writes the mighty Aiden.
Does this illustration help you? Have you ever thought about this stuff? Does it fit into Jacob Arminius or John Calvin's thinking (for the keenies!)? Personally, I have some concerns but your comments please!